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Stuff to do today and Thursday in St. John's and surrounding area

Pegged as “French Around The World … Francais Autour Du Monde,” the local French For Life organization presented 140 local francophone and French immersion students showcasing their cultural project findings on the history of French-speaking countries across the globe on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn. From left, Aaliyh Yoga, 11, Luka Khani, 12, and Lexi Cook, 11, from the Ecole des Grands-Vents school on Ridge Road present their findings on the use of the French language in Rwanda.
Pegged as “French Around The World … Francais Autour Du Monde,” the local French For Life organization presented 140 local francophone and French immersion students showcasing their cultural project findings on the history of French-speaking countries across the globe on Tuesday at the Holiday Inn. From left, Aaliyh Yoga, 11, Luka Khani, 12, and Lexi Cook, 11, from the Ecole des Grands-Vents school on Ridge Road present their findings on the use of the French language in Rwanda. - Joe Gibbons
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Wednesday, May 22

Activities

7 p.m.

Curatorial Tour – Future Possible

Join The Rooms curator Mireille Eagan for a talk and tour of "Future Possible" as she examines the cultural identity of Newfoundland and Labrador through its iconic post-confederation artworks and artifacts. Included with admission. Free to Rooms members.

Trivia

Join us every Wednesday night at The Battery Café for trivia hosted by St. John's trivia moguls Jack Etchegary and Charlotte Genest. Prizes for each round.

Classes and groups

6:10 p.m.

Bully Beware

Tired of being bullied or having your child bullied? You are not alone. The Mount Pearl School of Martial Arts has a well-structured program to arm you and/or your child with the know-how and techniques to recognize, defuse and defend against bullying. Our Bully Beware program runs Wednesday and Sunday evenings and is only one element of our school’s comprehensive martial arts program. Gain self-confidence through self-defence. Contact Pat Cochrane at 682-0335 for details.

7 p.m.

Cabot Toastmasters Club

Join us for a fun night out. Drop in to our meeting at Mount Pearl City Hall to meet a friendly group of people and learn about public speaking. For more information, simply Google Cabot Toastmasters.

7:30 p.m.

Aikido

Aikido is an effective martial art with an ethical approach: use the aggressor’s energy against them without harming them. Get fit and focused while having fun. Fudoshin is a welcoming place for everyone. It is a non-profit with a low monthly membership fee; no one is turned away for financial reasons. For more information, visit www.2017.fudoshinaikikai.ca.

Live music

6:30 p.m.

Colin Harris

Performing at Green Sleeves Uptown.

7 p.m.

Dave White

Performing at Green Sleeves Downtown.

10 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves Downtown.

Film

7:30 p.m.

Climate change

Concerned about climate change and other pressing global issues and at a loss for how to respond? Come join us at Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice, Mount Scio Road (next to Rainbow Riders) as we explore possibilities by watching and discussing a series of films on climate change. Our first film will be Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. To register, or for more information, phone 722-0082 or email rsmtee@gmail.com.

Meeting

Upcoming

CMHA AGM

The Canadian Mental Health Association of Newfoundland and Labrador will host its annual general meeting on Thursday, June 13 at 5 p.m. The session will be held at the Signal Hill Visitor Information Centre Annex Building located at 230 Signal Hill Rd. A reception will follow the meeting. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to bhaley@cmhanl.ca by May 30.

Radio

7:30 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with Bruce Mactavish, a well-known and much appreciated St. John's birder who thinks nothing of getting up before dawn to drive hours, no matter the weather, to stand in freezing cold and wind in hopes of seeing a special bird. The depth of his knowledge and experience can be enjoyed in his Winging It column bi-weekly Saturdays in The Telegram. Tune in at VOWR radio AM 800, online at VOWR.org. or on cable radio Rogers 945 and Bell Aliant 756.

Thursday, May 23

Activities

9 a.m.

Tours of Government House

Free tours of Government House are available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To book a tour, contact Regina Whiteway at 729-2669 or email ReginaWhiteway@gov.nl.ca.

7 p.m.

Free meditation course

A free introductory meditation course is being offered to everybody who wants to discover peace within. Meditation helps to relax the body and quiet the restless mind. No prior experience is necessary. Offered May 23, May 30 and June 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. John’s College Chapel, Memorial University, Prince Philip Drive (enter via west side door of university building behind chapel). The first Tuesday introduces concepts that are used on the second Tuesday, so we recommend attending both evenings. Our courses are offered as a free community service by the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Centre of St. John’s. Call Brahmacharini for additional details, 237-1611, or visit www.stjohnsmeditation.org.

8 p.m.

‘Be More Chill’ – the Broadway Musical

Based on a novel by Ned Vizzini, with a whip-smart and fresh book by Joe Tracz and an infectious ear worm of a pop rock score by Joe Iconis, “Be More Chill” combines today and retro sci-fi to take on the voices in our heads, and ask what we would do, and what the cost would be, to get everything we’ve ever wanted. Show runs May 23-26 at the LSPU Hall. Tickets available online at http://lspuhall.ca/event/be-more-chill/.

8:30 p.m.

Tango on the Edge

Tango on the Edge is an Argentine Tango dance group that meets on Sundays and Thursdays at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre for práctica (a social gathering where dancers practice and refine their skills in Argentine tango). During the year, we host tango workshops, outdoor events and milongas. We are a not-for-profit dance club, founded in 2007. No dance experience is required. Singles and couples welcome. Come join us. First session is free. Sunday’s guided practice is 7-7:30 p.m., and dancing from 7:30-9 p.m. in the MMap Gallery. Thursday is dancing from 8:30-10:30 p.m. in the fourth-floor rehearsal space. Find us on Facebook or visit us at www.tangoontheedge.ca.

Comedy

9 p.m.

Jokes at John’s

Voted best comedy night in Newfoundland. Featuring a new headliner and lineup every Thursday at 9 p.m. No cover at Trapper John’s, 2 George St.

Groups

7 p.m.

TOPS Club

The Iris Bonnell Memorial Chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) NL meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre in the Frances Lambe Room No. 2. Come learn about TOPS and what it has to offer you. What do you have to lose? Email kathypower123@hotmail.com.

Live music

6:30 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves Downtown.

Derek Graham

Performing at Green Sleeves Uptown.

7 p.m.

Fergus O’Byrne

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

10:30 p.m.

Irish Descendants

Performing at O’Reilly’s.

11 p.m.

Glory Days

Performing at Green Sleeves Downtown.

Public lecture

2:30 p.m.

Wordsworth’s Nephew in Labrador

Join author Marie Wadden at The Rooms for a sequel to the extraordinary life of Rev. George Hutchinson, nephew of renowned poet William Wordsworth. Her talk will feature William Grey's beautiful images of Labrador, and those of the painter Frederic Church, who sailed with Hutchinson in search of icebergs. Included with admission.

Religion

5:30 p.m.

Roundtable discussion

Young millennials of faith are invited to a roundtable hosted by the Cardus Religious Freedom Institute from 5:30-7 p.m. at Rocket Bakery. We are inviting dynamic young leaders of faith for coffee (we are buying!) and a discussion regarding the CRFI’s new initiative on the centrality of religious freedom and public faith in our common Canadian life. Please consider attending, and passing on this invitation to millennial faith leaders who are interested in learning how to live faithfully in the public square. Register on Eventbrite for this free event.

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